: Saab's big comeback plan- sell cheap Chinese cars!

The Tony Show
05-11-11, 02:44 PM
Spyker CEO Victor Muller seems to think it's a great idea, despite the fact that most Chinese brand cars are incapable of attaining top scores in the stricter US safety tests.

Via Autoblog:

There are many hurdles for Chinese automakers to overcome to finally breach the U.S. market, not the least of which is passing federal safety standards. Muller acknowledges that a five-star-rated Chinese vehicle likely won't happen any time soon, but he says that made-in-China SUVs can be had with tons of features for about $10,000, adding "Do you really worry about a five-star rating? They look good."

What could possibly go wrong?


05-11-11, 02:52 PM
They wont be branded as Saabs, and despite Muller's dreaming, they won't reach US shores, at least not until they meet federal safety and emission standards.

05-11-11, 02:56 PM
Nice to see that Corporate Europe is catching up with Corporate America in its thinking.

05-11-11, 02:57 PM
This whole thing has the makings of a giant Saab story.

05-11-11, 03:30 PM
^Oh, great, welcome to oh-pun country. :p

05-11-11, 03:32 PM
Just think, I could be a great pun pioneer:


05-11-11, 03:37 PM

05-11-11, 05:21 PM
I thought Ford and VW had been manufacturing in China for years with great success.

05-11-11, 05:47 PM
not sure whats going on there right now with car prices but my last trip in 2004 to China i went in with a friend he was buying a ML class Mercedes
that thing there was like 35k more then it would have cost here in the U.S
all car's in China cost a ton more then they do in other markets except for the Chinese car's they are the cheapest
but back in 04 you couldnt even pick up a Mercedes S class the cheap one with the V6 the 320 or the 420 i forget but that one there came out to like 135k U.S.D where here it would cost like 80k i think atgleast back in 2004
the ML cost him i think it was around 85k he paid for the base model and that is 85k in U.S.D where hear it would have been like 54 after taxes i think

a camary fully loaded in china in 2004 was like 75k usd where the cinese car's where like between 7,200 and 20,000 USD

05-11-11, 07:34 PM
Those are expensive because they are imports. Unlike the US, China does not foolishly welcome imported goods.

05-11-11, 07:56 PM
Those are expensive because they are imports. Unlike the US, China does not foolishly welcome imported goods.

i think they have changed over the years i think they have got a little cheap the past few years from what someone mentiuoned to me but i wont belive it till i see it wich means i have to look it up wich i never do lol

but yeah any inport to China was like atleast 30% Mark Up

the 2001 Mercedes S500 here is a picture of it
when dad would spend about 4 months out of the year in Beijing he had an Apartment there he kept with that car
this cost him like 175k when it would have been 90k here in the U.S i think it was like 175k usd over there after taxes and all
would have been like 104 after taxes here in the US i think